Imagine driving at normal speed when suddenly your malfunction indicator lights up and you suffer reduced engine power. The power steering, braking, lighting and climate control systems remain fully functional so you have no clear clue on what is occurring, however you know the vehicle no longer remains operational. We have seen this occur recently with several Ford clients. After struggling with lack of power, these distressed drivers went time and time again to authorized Ford dealers only to be told the service department could not verify or duplicate the issue. Finally, after repeated visits, these consumers had their electronic throttle body replaced which seemed to solve the stalling.
Apparently, in a variety of Ford vehicles, the electronic throttle body internal motor contacts may develop contamination resulting in increased electrical resistance. If this happens, the MIL light will come on and the driver will experience a decreased amount of engine power and speed. As a result of this Ford electronic throttle body situation, Ford is recalling a number of vehicles across the brand. Under the Ford 16B32 recall, the following vehicles are covered:
2015 Ford Edge built 9/1/15-12/21/15 in Oakville, MI
2015-2016 Ford F-150 built 8/1/15 to 5/17/16 in Dearborn MI, 8/31/15 to 4/27/16 in Kansas City
2015-2016 Lincoln MKT built 9/1/15 to 5/10/16 in Oakville, MI
2015-2016 Police Interceptor Sedan built 9/1/15 to 3/19/16 in Chicago
2015-2016 Ford Escape built 9/1/15 to 3/14/16 in Louisville, KY
2015-2016 Ford Explorer built 8/4/15 to 5/25/16 in Chicago
2015-2016 Ford Flex built 9/22/15 to 4/14/16 in Oakville, MI
2015-2016 Ford Fusion built 9/15 to 2/29/16 in Flat Rock, MI, 9/1/15 to 4/4/16 in Hermosillo, Mexico
2016 Lincoln MKX built 9/1/5 to 5/16/16 in Oakville, MI
2016 Ford Mustang built 9/1/15 to 4/26/16 in Flat Rock, MI
2016 Police Interceptor Utility built 9/1/15 to 5/26/16 in Chicago
2016 Ford Taurus built 9/28/15 to 5/2/16 in Chicago
2016 Ford Transit built 9/1/15 to 5/21/16 in Kansas City
Owners of recalled vehicles should have received letters by now explaining the recall and the need to replace the Ford electronic throttle body. There is no mileage limit but the repairs must be performed by September 30, 2017.
If you think your vehicle is included in this recall and you have yet to receive a recall notice, contact your Ford dealership immediately.
In the meantime, if you have suffered continuous stalling issues with any of the above vehicles and you were back to a Ford authorized dealer repetitively or for an extended period of time, you may have the right to recourse even after they replace the Ford electronic throttle body. Click here to submit your information and we will be glad to review your situation to determine if and how we can help.